Everything You Need to Know About Weddings

  • Budget Wedding Locations

    Budget  Wedding Locations in Sydney. Bradfield Park and Blues Point are ideal!

    Spectacular views of the Opera House & the Sydney Harbour Bridge are a stunning backdrop for photos too. North Sydney Council does not require bookings for these locations for Weddings under 60 guests. Not many councils in Sydney allow setting up of table and chairs without a booking. This for Public Liability reasons. BUT North Sydney Council does.

    There is plenty of Parking and Public Transport options including a fun Ferry service from Circular Quay.

    Bradfield Park and Blues Point are perfect budget  Wedding Locations for couples flying in as tourists for an elopement wedding. For small Budget weddings and Legal Marriages in Australia if the couple is planning a religious Wedding Overseas. These locations are a great way to make your wedding day spectacular without the costs involved with booking with a council. The downside to not being able to book is that you have to be flexible about where in the park you set up. If a wedding is already taking place there are plenty of other areas to set up in both locations.

    I can provide for hire a signing table and 2 signing chairs. I made the table cloth myself.  I have seen many table cloths fly away in the wind so have made sure mine looks great no matter what weather is doing. For larger Budget weddings you can hire a wedding decorator package with sign table, red carpet, archway and chairs for guests. Check my Links and Locations page for my preferred Wedding Decorator suppliers.

    Bradfield Park and Blues Point are wonderful budget wedding locations in Sydney to celebrate your wedding in style with the beautiful city of Sydney as an iconic backdrop. Check here  North Sydney Council for Booking Rules.

    “Fiona was a darling who helped make our civil wedding in Sydney smooth and lovely. We talked via email, flew in from overseas the day before our wedding day, and got married the next day. It was as easy as 1,2,3.  Although we only met with her twice (the day before, and the actual wedding day), she is now part of our wedding memories as a married couple. And we have great memories of that day” Barbie Muhlach

  • DIY Weddings

    DIY weddings where every favour possible is pulled in around the couple create a great community vibe.

    DIY Weddings - Sweeties for Guests

    Family & friends feel important having contributed their time & talent to DIY Weddings and have warm fuzzies knowing they contributed to your wedding day!As an celebrant I am constantly amazed at the array of individuality, creativity and ways of celebrating love & life. The most important consideration for  DIY weddings is imagine, delegate and communicate, specially when decorating a wedding and reception yourself. I have arrived at weddings where decorations are on site but no one has a clue how the bride has imagined they would be arranged! Show wedding inspiration photos to help everyone visualise how you see things in your mind. When people help out they will  inevitably do things their way so being flexible with the outcome really helps everyone stay upbeat about the process and happy with the result. Participation not perfection is the name of the game with DIY weddings!

    Since society has been moving marriage out of the church ( Aussies love an outdoor wedding) the ceremony has become all talk, the singing and rituals have been left behind. I’m interested in getting some of the community and inclusion back into ceremonies. Being creative and making it up as we go along is fun and fine by me!

    When it comes to the balance of expressing your individuality and family expectations things can get a little tricky. Many rituals are finding popularity in modern ceremonies and I think society is becoming far more supportive and open minded as to what does constitute a wedding ceremony nowadays. Being bored stiff at a wedding is a common expectation for guests so liven things up and they will be grateful! There are a few rules to follow during the ceremony we do need to include legal vows = “I do take you to be my lawfully wedded wife/husband”. The celebrant must say the “Monitum” which is a legal speech required by the government. The word “Monitum” is latin for warning so its basically saying. This is serious, we are talking life here! And yes this is a very important moment in your life no matter if your eloping or declaring your love in from of hundreds of guests. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have plenty of fun on your wedding day.

    DIY Weddings High Tea

    Australia is such a mash up of genes & cultures. I think a typical Aussie wedding is one where there is a Chinese tea ceremony, Celtic harp and a Hindu Blessing, family ties are unifying and the family elders love it.The wedding ceremony is a public declaration of your love! That’s the focus and what we are all here for! Your DIY wedding ceremony is one of the  days in life where you declare to the world who you are as people, what is important to you and your expectations of the future together.


    The rest is icing on the cake so have fun making the icing as yummy and YOU as possible!



  • Looking back on 100’s of Weddings

    Hello out there, I thought I’d start my very first blog on my almost new website taking the time to reflect on the last 6 years as a celebrant and the 400 weddings I have now conducted.

    Well been a fabulous ride and sometimes a wild one with the weather and all! The only thing you can’t predict or change and us Aussies love an outdoor wedding!

    I’ve learnt so much along the way about people, relationships and about myself.
    I’ve pondered on the what weddings mean, what the difference is between a wedding - the day to a marriage - the life. How I can help make this most intense of days as stress free and enjoyable as possible.

    Every couple hopes for a perfect wedding day, when everything lines up like a cosmic sequence of “ it was all meant to be” and I want that for you too. I have always keenly aware that you only get one shot at a wedding. I only get one chance to get it right for you. Now after years of getting it right ( mostly) I can confess to being quietly petrified of getting it wrong in the first 2 years or so. I’m through that now and every year I fall in love with this work a little more deeply.

    A wedding is a moment, an eternal moment in time as it stays with the couple forever.
    And it’s a BIG EXPENSIVE MOMENT that the couple doesn’t really know will work until they are right there at the moment! All the planning is done and the couple has to surrender to the moment, hope the lists are all ticked and everyone does their job!

    I loved being a celebrant right from my very first wedding which was at the top of the Quay Restaurant smack bang in the most prestigious rooms with a view in Circular Quay. Thanks, Noppawan and David to getting me started at the top of town on Sydney harbour! I got it right Phew! Each year has grown both outwardly with more weddings booked and inwardly as I gain a deeper understanding of my clients and how to best serve them.

    It was onwards and upwards from then on. Learning, refining, sharing and with social media keeping the connections and watching my couples turn into families. It’s a such an honour and blessing to return to the family for baby naming ceremonies, to be asked to conduct a sister, brother or friends wedding and sadly even a funeral or 2. Birth Deaths and Marriages, the stuff life is made of.


    The ABIA Awards



    In 2012 I had the honour of being nominated for the Australian Bridal Industry Academy’s “Best Celebrant Award NSW”. Wow that was exciting! Only 2 years into the industry and I became a finalist. There are 1000’s of celebrants in NSW. It’s beautiful work and a very competitive industry.

    I’m really grateful for the nomination and to the ABIA. Being involved in the award has really pushed me to strive for personal excellence. Thank you to all the couples who first of all hired me. Trusted me and then after all the excitement of the Big Day nominated and voted for me. It’s votes of previous couples who determine the winners of the Australian Bridal Industry Awards.


    I’ll let you know how I go. One day I might just be known as the very Best Celebrant in NSW!